In furtherance of its commitment to programmes aimed at ensuring that Nigeria keeps pace in the technologies and competencies that will define the 21st century and beyond, through people empowerment, capacity and institutions building, Honeywell Group Limited has partnered with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) to help youths in Lagos State acquire relevant skills required to compete in today’s global marketplace.
To pilot the first phase of this pivotal programme, Honeywell Group has provided the sum of N10 million (Ten Million Naira), which will be matched by LSETF, to provide a total pool of N20 million, to train the first batch of students. Commenting on the partnership, Head Innovation & Sustainability of Honeywell Group, Tomi Otudeko said; “We are pleased to partner with LSETF on this strategic and exemplary initiative that will impact positively on the lives of young people in Lagos State. We are impressed by the work LSETF is doing; and our investment in technology training is borne, first, out of our stated mission to “use enterprise to make our world better” and, secondly, out of our conviction that to innovate and thrive in the new economy, young people need to build tech skills.”
“We have also seen how well LSETF, through its Lagos Innovates Programme, has made its mark in progressing the Lagos-based tech ecosystem. The decision to work with LSETF was therefore an easy one. Together, we are poised to help build a pipeline of the next level of innovators who would develop disruptive technologies that will provide solutions to some of the critical social challenges facing the country.”
Also commenting, Teju Abisoye, the Acting Executive Secretary/CEO of LSETF stated; “We are glad to work with Honeywell Group, to build a talent pool of globally competitive professionals, whilst actualising one of the most important mandates of the LSETF; which is to improve the skills and employability of the young people in the State. Both the LSETF and Honeywell Group are committed to ensuring that young people are equipped to support the growing start-up ecosystem in Nigeria, in addition to positioning themselves for a growing global freelance market. I hope more organisations will emulate Honeywell Group and partner with us on our various programmes.”
Interested applicants can apply for their preferred course and training partner at http://lagosinnovates.ng/section/program/talent-development-program The application portal closes on July 12, 2019.
The Honeywell Group is a leading Nigerian corporate with businesses across major sectors of the economy, namely: foods, real estate, infrastructure, energy and services. Through additional portfolio investments, the Group has also been a significant provider of capital to other sectors of Nigeria’s economy including financial services, telecommunications, and technology and security management. Over the years, Honeywell Group has built a solid track record of investing in, facilitating and enabling the growth of companies that drive sustainable value. Through its operations and charitable donations, the Group has also positively contributed to the development of communities it operates in. For further details visit: www.honeywellgroup.com
The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (“LSETF”), was established by The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund Law 2016 to provide financial support for job and wealth creation in Lagos State. To achieve its mandate, the LSETF launched three key programmes: MSME Loan Programme – Through this scheme small business owners are provided collateral free loans of up to N5 million to grow their businesses and employ more workers.
Employability Support Programme – The LSETF’s Employability Programme, in partnership with United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) aims to train and secure jobs for 10,000 unemployed and under-employed youths in Lagos. Lagos Innovates, Lagos Innovates aims to support the growth of the technology start-up ecosystem by providing access to infrastructure, support talent developing, and making the most attractive destination of capital in Africa.